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TrekMovie’s Guide To Kirk Fu April 19, 2009

by Kayla Iacovino , Filed under: Humor,List,TOS , trackback

We’ve seen some of the new Captain Kirk’s fighting sprit in some of the new trailers, and according to his Dossier, the new Kirk is an instructor in hand-to-hand combat. This all fits with grand Star Trek history, and so with that in mind, TrekMovie has taken a look back at the original Kirk fight moves in a little something we like to call: TrekMovie’s official guide to Kirk-Fu.


The Kirk Drop Kick
The name pretty much says it all. Kirk would kick an opponent in the chest with both of his legs. This may be an effective method of taking someone down, but it would often result in Kirk falling to the ground along with them.

The Wall of Destruction
Here’s the scene: The Captain and Andorian delegate Thelev, have resorted to duking it out in the halls of the Enterprise. But Kirk knows how to use the walls to his advantage, so instead of just attacking the alien head on, he uses the wall as a jumping off point to fling himself in the alien’s direction – though usually missing and just falling on the floor…

The Human Projectile
Let’s just say the rejected title for this one was the “throw-your-body-horizontally-into-a-group-of-opponents”. Again, this move results in the captain falling to the ground.

Bowling for Bad Guys
Here’s an interesting technique we stumbled upon while watching the TOS episode “The Apple”. I think the idea is to knock over your opponent by taking out their legs. This method used by Kirk is most interesting.

The Smooch n’ Smack
Captain Kirk plays it suave with the ladies in order to catch them off their guard and then smack em’ across the face. Good luck getting a second date there Captain Fabio.

The Cold Boulder
Classic moment where Kirk chucks a rock the size of his head at the The Gorn, which really only makes the giant lizard mad and ends up with Kirk dodging a boulder twice his size. Good thing the Captain is also a skilled geologist to get himself out of this one… Captain Kirk — YOU ROCK!

The Kirk Chop
Is there any dangerous situation that a 1960’s style karate chop can’t solve? One chop to the back of the neck… or side of the neck… or the general shoulder region… produces instant unconsciousness, but only in henchmen. While this was one of Kirk’s favorites, it was also a move utilized by much of the Enterprise crew. Here Bones’ shows that he has learned much from Sensei Kirk.

Fighting Advice from The Shat
Several months ago, William Shatner talked on his vlog about how to perform his signature drop kick. Check out the video below.

Captain Kirk, Master of Combat
Here’s a great video we snagged off of YouTube; it’s a nice compilation of some of our favorite fight scenes.

Star Trek 09 “Fighting Trailer”
In case you missed it, or just want to watch it again (and, who could blame you?) here is a video of the Star Trek TV showing off some new fight moves (this commercial was shown during WWE and UFC, so it has ‘fight’ all over it).







1. That One Guy - April 19, 2009

And I was Kirk Fu fighting!

2. OneBuckFilms - April 19, 2009

One thing about the articles on this site – they are great fun !!!!

Thanks Kayla !!!

3. Matthew Werny - April 19, 2009

On this topic… I hope that the traditional Kirk fight music (as was played in Amok Time and many other episodes) is included in the score of the new movie.

4. Shatner_Fan_Prime - April 19, 2009


……no Kirk-fu in ST09. :-(


5. SPB - April 19, 2009

You forgot the best Kirk move of all…

…managing to keep that Tribble carcass from falling off his head in all those fight scenes!!!

6. thorsten - April 19, 2009

Great Job, Kayla…
I will start my training immediately!

7. SPB - April 19, 2009

See what the “Wall of Destruction” will get you?

A knife right in the back. Smart move, Kirk-O!

8. ShawnP - April 19, 2009

Lol, awesome article! Thanks for the laugh.

9. Stiff Necked Thistlehead - April 19, 2009

Chuck Norris humbles himself before Shatner!!

10. Selor - April 19, 2009

Why doesn’t anyone thought about having a Kirk-Fu school? ^^

11. Holger - April 19, 2009

Haha! Great article.

12. Spocker - April 19, 2009

kirk-fu ftw

13. Admiral Waugh - April 19, 2009

Beautiful. Too beautiful.

14. anon - April 19, 2009


Of course not. That would be fun and something for the fans to look forward to.

15. jotin - April 19, 2009


16. Chief05 - April 19, 2009

“Everybody was Kirk-Fu fighting!
The Shat was fast as lightning!…” xD

Kirk-Fu is awesome and hilarious at the same time! I love it! :D
But… double fist punches and dropkicks in the new movie? Too bad xD xD xD

17. Kirk - April 19, 2009

What about Kirk vs. Kruge scene – ? :D

18. RTC - April 19, 2009

I still think that hot female officer in the scene from “The Apple” wins for best fight moves….

19. ClassicTrek - April 19, 2009

Kirk/Shat is the man!!

my favourite fight scene is in ‘MIRI’ when spock holds the creature while Kirk wades into him (3 times!) giving him a right going over. i always wondered why they didnt phaser stun him or neck pinch him but who cares – it makes great TV.
long live Kirk- long live the shat

ps looking forward to pines interpretation of the two handed clenched fist blow to the back. he aint Kirk without that!!

20. CmdrR - April 19, 2009

Unless I blinked, you left out Jimmy T. in his red tights showing Charlie how to absorb the energy from the floor. (He did a lot of absorbing in these clips.)

Great stuff!

21. rebecca - April 19, 2009

So fun! I literally laughed out loud watching these clips.

C’mon… just ONE drop-kick in the new movie, as an in-joke for the fans? Please?

22. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - April 19, 2009

Great stuff!!!

Shatner could really fight though!!! He was a bonafied Steve McQueen like baddass who trained with some of the top Karate dudes in L.A.

23. Mr. X - April 19, 2009

Kirk Fu is one of the reasons why I think TV TOS should be completely forgotten. It’s the movies that made TOS great and famous, in my opinion.
And Roddenberry himself said when TMP came out that that’s actually how TOS should be.

When people are quoting TOS, they are mostly quoting TWOK with “Revenge is a dish served cold” or “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

24. Captain Spock - April 19, 2009

You forgot my favorite move: the two handed back punch.

A close second was the fall on the floor, roll onto back, and kick the enemy in the abdomen with both legs.

25. CSKL - April 19, 2009

Vulcan Nerve Pinch? Anyone?

26. spockatatic - April 19, 2009

LOL, my brother and I once decided to see if you really could knock someone out by simply hitting them is the back. I tried it… Believe me, it may work for kirk, but in the everyday world… Hehe my brother has anger management problems. He ended up hitting me across the head with a music stand instead of being busy unconscious.

27. Shatner_Fan_Prime - April 19, 2009

#23 … How wrong you are.

28. I AM KIROK!!!!!!! - April 19, 2009

LOVED the fight montage!!! OMFG!! Good to see my all time fav fight sequence of JT vs. that slime Finnegan from Shore Leave!

I may have missed it, but did that montage omit the fight scene of JT vs. Finney from Court Martial??? Another fav!

Loved the ‘wall move’ from Babel!!! Hilarious!!!

Squire of Gothos? Ugh! Worst episode! I’d rather watch 24hrs straight of Way to Eden AND Alternative Factor than that annoying Trelane! ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

29. Mr. X - April 19, 2009

27. Well that’s your OPINION. ;-)

Do you love those fights because they are good, or just because they are painfully awkward and you somehow get a kick out of that?

30. UrMom - April 19, 2009

With reference 2 ‘The smooch and smack’….. KIRK IS A TOTAL PIMP!! XD Anyone agree with me?? Bring on the 8th of may!!

31. I am not Herbert - April 19, 2009

Great article Kayla! =D

…good “terminology”!

…but what about the two-handed chop / strike? Classic!

32. starfall42 - April 19, 2009

Heh. Great article.

FYI, the TV listings are showing the broadcast debut of “The Cage” for the weekend of 5/2, two weeks from now.

33. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - April 19, 2009

I don’t like these articles that make fun of TOS.

The TOS fight scenes were better than a lot of overblown, exaggerated fight scenes in movies and TV shows today. They were more realistic; they didn’t have cartoonish punching sounds added, they weren’t elaborately choreographed, they were more like real fights – they aren’t “perfect,” but they’re more like reality.

34. Closettrekker - April 19, 2009

#29—-“Well that’s your OPINION.”

And mine too.

TOS is “the greatest of all time”.

35. cpelc - April 19, 2009

24 – yeah! The double ax-handle! Always worked!

36. Darren - April 19, 2009

My personal favourite is the “clasp-hands double fist” punch!

37. starfall42 - April 19, 2009

One other thing — the James Blish novelizations identified the fighting style as “space karate”.

38. thereare4lights - April 19, 2009

Oh, man, that’s some groovy shit here.

39. Closettrekker - April 19, 2009

#38—-It sure was, and it’s still fun to watch.

40. Jay El Jay - April 19, 2009

The Shat doesn’t believe in God, God believes in The Shat!

41. jonboc - April 19, 2009

#24 “It’s the movies that made TOS great and famous, in my opinion.”

,,and your opinion, in this case, would be wrong. TOS was brought back from the dead twice, by the millions that loved it. It was saved by fans, revered by fans, it created a syndicated sensation and turned into a mainstream marketing phenomenon for 10 years before the 1st motion picture ever graced the silver screen.

You’re certainly entitled to an opinion. But it ends when it begins to disregard fact. You can have the opinion that man landed on the moon in a spacecraft called Sputnik in 1953, but it would still be wrong.

And yeah, Kirk-fu rocks!

42. Daniel Broadway - April 19, 2009

I’ll take my TOS with a side of cheese. Ha ha. I love TOS for it’s cheesiness. Perfection.

43. speed24601 - April 19, 2009

That was the best thing I’ve seen in awhile! LOL!

44. galaxypest - April 19, 2009

As a fan, what did you see first?
movies, or TOS? Curious?

45. Paul - April 19, 2009

RE: Mr. X really tho??? What about “Having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. It is not logical but it is often true.” Or how how about “I canna change the laws of physics!” “Dammit Jim, I’m a doctor not a (insert occupation, piece of machinery, and or any combination thereof) ” I’m not saying TOS was the epitome of 60’s TV but it is chock full of some great imminently quoteable dialog

46. Closettrekker - April 19, 2009

#42—-Some of the episodes are so bad….they’re fantastic!


47. Lennier - April 19, 2009

“Worst Fight Scene Ever”??? More like “Best Fight Scene Ever”!

48. Closettrekker - April 19, 2009

#45—Let’s put “Mr. X”‘s credibility in perspective.

“Where No Man Has Gone Before”
“Balance Of Terror”
“Space Seed”
“The City On The Edge Of Forever”
“Errand Of Mercy”
“The Menagerie, Part I”
“The Menagerie, Part II”
“Amok Time”
“Friday’s Child”
“Journey To Babel”
“The Enterprise Incident”
“The Tholian Web”
“Mirror, Mirror”

Anyone who believes that the likes of these 15 great television episodes are best forgotten isn’t worth wasting time and effort to convince otherwise, IMO.

There is never any accounting for taste. Judging from his posts on another thread, he’s just bitter that Paramount isn’t doing another TNG movie right now.

49. Andy Patterson - April 19, 2009

This has to be one of my all time favorite threads/subjects ever started.

I think a really good one was missed. The Kirk-making-Colonel-Green-fall-on- his-own-knife move from “Savage Curtain. Right at the very end. Kirk runs down Green, and rather fittingly, and vengefully, and Kirk twists his arm behind his back and trips him backward on his own knife. Then the Klingon and Ghengis Khan turn tail and run then.

Also a killer one is Kirk triple chopping either side of Cloud Williams neck (That was a big part of 60’s hand to hand) in the cell of “Omega Glory”. They evidently taught that one on Gary Seven’s planet too. He beats Spock brutally. Captain Ron Tracy uses it that episode too. Why don’t people acknowledge that episode? I love it! Great episode and move. In fact,..a super, duper one in my opinion.

And to be fair….I always thought that move in “City On the Edge of Forever” should be attributed to McCoy as the ‘McCoy double ricochet chop. It was more a Harlan Ellison or cordrazine (maybe those are both the same thing) induced move.

I always felt the Kirk move against the Air Force guys when he throws his whols body against all of them was drawn and choreographed by Jack Kirby.

Two more honorable mentions are the Decker pounding of the lower spine after doing a groovy stubbly, homeless looking old man, dance with the security guy.

And lastly…everyone talks about the Kirk dropkick (I even used one successfully against a kid on the way home from school in 4th grade. Never bothered me again- true story) – but no one talks about the action afterwards. The Kirk-pounding-the-spine-into-dust move after the drop kick. We used to love that as kids. Never saw anything that cool on TNG.

* a cross over move on different planets and centuries seems to be Khan’s two thumbs behind the ears knock out method that Tongo Rad employed also. (Groooooovy mood. Another one we used to do as kids.

50. Closettrekker - April 19, 2009

And no—I didn’t forget any. I was just making a short list. I could easily add at least 5 more I would put on the same level.


51. BK613 - April 19, 2009

And an interactive game…



52. Thomas - April 19, 2009

10. Selor

Because if you actually tried to use those moves in a fight, chances are you would get your ass handed to you. It’s really just stage fighting. Yeah, it looks good when Kirk does it, but who’s going to stand around and just let someone hit them with a flying kick like that?

53. JB - April 19, 2009

23: “Kirk Fu is one of the reasons why I think TV TOS should be completely forgotten. It’s the movies that made TOS great and famous, in my opinion.”

You haven’t got the slightest clue what you’re talking about.

54. Closettrekker - April 19, 2009

#49—Yeah Andy, it is worth noting that Tracy really gave Jimmy Boy a pretty good beating for awhile too. The fight scene between the two captains is really the lone highpoint for that episode though to me.

And did you really use the word “cool” and TNG in the same sentence? Just kidding boys and girls…I couldn’t let that one go!

55. Crabtree - April 19, 2009

I’ve always loved the coconut sound when Thelev’s head hits the ground….

56. Simon - April 19, 2009

#33 – More realistic??? I’m a fan of TOS but please!!!!

Yeah, see if someone lets you run up and kick them in the chest. Or bowl them over. Not to mention allowing you to place an obvious stunt double in the shot.

It’s pure 60’s kitsch. The fights were fine for the time, but it hasn’t aged well at all.

57. Harry Ballz - April 19, 2009

Ah, it’s the TOS music that really sells some of those fight scenes!!!

58. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - April 19, 2009

#56 – You must have some trouble with reading and comprehension, because you completely missed my point.

59. Closettrekker - April 19, 2009

#56—Yep. In terms of realism, it’s more than a stretch!

But those scenes are no less fun to watch today, IMO, than they were when I first saw them in 70’s syndication. They just wouldn’t play well to audiences made up of the likes of my kids and their peers.

I think that older fans can watch them now and put them (production-wise) into proper context.

I love me some Kirk-fu!

60. galaxypest - April 19, 2009

My first taste of trek was on WGN afternoon,i was about
seven (1974-75). At the time it was a half hour, serial.
It was my first taste of si-fi, and I was hooked. For my age,
and in that erea of entertainment tec. it was awesome.
I actually think star trek was ahead of the si-fi tec. curve.
As much is said by Spielberg in a close inc. interview.
As a seven yr. old I enjoy them and I still do.
So dont say they’re “BAD”
I would say “classic”

61. Closettrekker - April 19, 2009

#57—-That’s a huge part of the equation, Harry!

Best fight music ever!!!!

62. Shatner_Fan_Prime - April 19, 2009

Closet, I know you do not agree with me that Kirk’s movie fights were great too, but man, I love ’em! The ONLY thing that could’ve made TWOK better would be a hand to hand fight between Kirk and Khan…and did you know that Jack B. Sowards scripted one??? As a kid, I used to have an old Starlog where he described it. He said Khan was going to be lashing Kirk with a whip that was made of some type of energy – that would have been AWESOME!!!

I also loved seeing Kirk in action in III, V, VI, and even Generations. Bill was interviewed in ’89 about his action scenes, and he memorably answered, “I don’t think I look too old to get up and hit some guy in the face.” You just gotta love The Shat! :-)

63. Anthony Pascale - April 19, 2009

I want to thank Kayla for coming up with a creative idea and glad folks like it

and lets not turn this into another ‘my trek is better than your trek’ pissing contests

64. Shatner_Fan_Prime - April 19, 2009

#57 … And it should have been in the new movie, IMO. Giachinno, put it in the sequel, PLEASE???

65. Ian Watson - April 19, 2009

What they said: #24, #35

This list is useless without the double axe-handle.

IIRC, the Combat section of the rulebook for the Star Trek Roleplaying Game put out by Decipher mentions the double axe-handle.

Something like “this manoeuvre seems to work more often than not, even though by all rights the force of the blow should shatter the user’s fingers.”

66. ENGON - April 19, 2009

Notice the “set ’em up and knock ’em down” style of the McCoy karate chop.

Apparently, a chop to the neck is ineffective against someone who is hunched over a console, so first you must strike the small of the back in order to raise the victim into a more accessible, upright position. Then simply administer the second blow to the base of the skull.

When applied correctly, such a blow will only kill your victim 2/3rds of the time.

67. Closettrekker - April 19, 2009

#62—I thought they did well to avoid a situation where Kirk and Khan came face to face in TWOK. Besides, we already have a great Kirk/Khan fight scene from “Space Seed”.

I think a 30-something Kirk defeating a genetic superman in personal combat is one thing, but 50 year old Kirk? I’m glad I didn’t see that!

It just never could have been as great as it was in the 60’s with an aging Shatner in the 80’s films, IMO.

But there’s no question about it—-TOS Shat was the man (as long as you didn’t beam down with him wearing a red shirt)!!!


68. SerenityActual - April 19, 2009

Great article, thanks for putting it together! Looking forward to another soon.

69. galaxypest - April 19, 2009

I find it less than amazing, that when the mere mention
of TOS or “SHAT” even on a sunday, eyes light up ,blood
starts pumping, and pandemonium ensues.
“That’s Trek!’
love the TOS music.

70. thorsten - April 19, 2009

Another nice one, Kirk vs. Mitchell…

71. Closettrekker - April 19, 2009

#69—I usually don’t spend any time on TM on Sundays and Mondays…which reminds me, I’ve got alot of things to do!

Just checked in for a minute and saw this article. Great stuff.

72. Closettrekker - April 19, 2009

#70—One of my favorites….

73. DGill - April 19, 2009

The “Bowling for Bad Guys” move is probably the best because it’s very silly…yet Shatner made it look so badass.

74. galaxypest - April 19, 2009

#70— thorsten, you have no equal…

75. Simon - April 19, 2009

#58 – From your own post: “they aren’t “perfect,” but they’re more like reality.”

Yeah, I guess I need to bone up on my English, otherwise I missed the sarcasm.

76. S. John Ross - April 19, 2009

I’ve always regarded the “Wall of Destruction” as a failed “JT Kirk Ass Torpedo,” where he’s trying to launch himself ass-first at the fake Andorian’s head, in order to simply overwhelm him with the power of his butt … but the bulkhead gets in the way of his feet and stymies the move.

Great article, BTW.

77. thorsten - April 19, 2009

I just don’t believe in the no-win scenario, galaxypest

78. Kirk's Girdle - April 19, 2009

This one’s got all the fight moves.

79. Viking - April 19, 2009

If someone can develop a serious form of martial arts based on Kirk Fu, I’ll be the first to sign up. LOL Seriously.

80. Andy Patterson - April 19, 2009


Yes,…but I didn’t apply or attach the word to it.

And Anthony I’m not trying to incite any one side. I hadn’t even read a anyone’s comments when I started writing my post. Just stating my opinion folks.

I always felt their (TOS) style of martial arts implied they had some futuristic, omnipotent knowledge of the human body and all it’s pressure points. So all those moves HAD to work. You just accepted it. Plus everyone in the 60’s seemed to fight each other. Doug and Tony would materialize some new place in history on “The Time Tunnel” each week and walk over and hit an ancient Roman (who spoke perfect English) in the face. That’s just what you did in the 60’s evidently.

81. fred - April 19, 2009

Kirk’s Human Projectile reminds me of Don Knotts in “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” when he did the same thing and said “Made my whole body a weapon.”

82. Simon - April 19, 2009

#79 – I have a feeling if we tried these moves in reality we’d get our ass handed to us.

People aren’t going to pause long enough to let us put our hands together and chop them in a back, or stand there long enough for the running start required for the chest kick :)

83. fred - April 19, 2009

*2… that;s true.. Shat-Fu only work for The Shat, as on he has mastered it, being the inventor, It;’s more of an extension of ego than physical moves. Kirk is smacking them ariound with his enormous force of will and charisma.

84. Shatner_Fan_Prime - April 19, 2009

#83 ” Kirk is smacking them ariound with his enormous force of will and charisma.”

As he did to all of us! :-)

85. Tahni - April 19, 2009

Ahahahaha. I want to start a Kirk-Fu dojo now :D

86. galaxypest - April 19, 2009

Picard’s earl gray – 5$
Borg eyepiece – 350$
Klingon Bat’leth – 275$
(patent pending)

87. danpaine - April 19, 2009

What an excellent thread.

88. I Am Morg Not Eymorg - April 19, 2009

First. Star Trek IS the best show out of the 60’s.

Second. Kirk Fu is awesome.

Third. The movies while excellent, are no where near as great as the show.

Fourth. I am sick to my stomach and had it up to hear with the whole realism gunk. I am not interested in too much realism in my Trek or entertainment as a whole except where it is necessary.

89. Paulaner - April 19, 2009

#33 “I don’t like these articles that make fun of TOS.”

Why so serious? Let’s put a smile on that face :)

90. Brad - April 19, 2009

LOL!!! That was Fu-Kung AWESOME!!!

91. Anthony Pascale - April 19, 2009


we are not making fun of TOS, we love TOS and this article shows our love.

if you cant have fun with trek what is the point?

92. Brett Campbell - April 19, 2009

The worst fight scene ever is in the movie “They Live” when Roddy Piper and some other dude are duking it out over putting on some glasses to see what the alien bad guys look like. The Gorn fight doesn’t even come close to how ridiculous that over-done scene is.

These clips just show that William Shatner is the first, best Captain James T. Kirk!

93. Brad - April 19, 2009

92!!! LOL!!!! I have to quote Roddy Piper on that one!!


My friends and I used to laugh so hard we’d be crying at that fight! Ah, I haven’t seen that move in a long long time. I remember seeing it at the theater in 3D.

94. HesDeadJim - April 19, 2009

Yes, the double-fisted punch is the signature Kirk fight move, and I surmise that its de rigeur for his academy students if he is a combat instructor in the new film…

It least I hope it would be, that would be a great in-joke

Shatner-Fu rocks, but I am sick of spots like the one from the new film posted above…yes, I know why they do adverts like this, with the generic rock music and the fight/sex scenes, trying to pull in the frat boys, I get it but its annoying

I think its because it reminds me of that trainwreck of a movie, 1998’s Lost in Space…yes, Lacey Chabert grew up to be a first class hottie, but that movie took a 1960s franchise, tried to make it hip, and failed…utterly failed…

I have no fears that this is the case with ST09 mind you, its just adverts like this bring back bad memories

And to the doubters of the Shatner Drop Kick, I say “Nuh uh to your uh huh!”

95. Neal - April 19, 2009

If play every single fight scene from the old series back to back, you have about 65 minutes of continuous action.

96. Neal - April 19, 2009

How many times did Kirk fight Spock? In what episodes? I can think of at least 3…

97. Brett Campbell - April 19, 2009

93 – Brad — did your friends fight you to get you to put on your 3-D glasses? ;)

It’s a hysterical scene, isn’t it? My friends and I also pissed ourselves in the theater laughing over that one!!

Put ’em on!!

98. pinky - April 19, 2009

Why isn’t Sisko in the poll? I want to vote for Sisko! That guy used to take on like 3 klingon’s without a moment’s pause! haha Love Sisko’s brawling side.

99. Telly1138 - April 19, 2009

#49 (and everyone else interested in Kirk-Fu)

You can’t mention “The Savage Curtain” without mentioning Kirk’s amazing Kirk-Fu maneuver, the “Mighty Whitey”.

Kirk’s on the ground and Colonel Green is coming at him. He pulls up in the fetal position and uses his feet to push Green away. But in the process his pants split and you see a tightie whitie crescent moon form on the good captain’s aft section.

100. Brad - April 19, 2009

97 – Brett – HAHA!! You know, it kind of became a catch phrase for us. Whenever someone had sunglass, we always screamed “PUT EM ON!!!!!”. If someone took off their glasses… “PUT EM ONNNNN!!!”. It was hilarious! I even had a pair of sunglasses that look VERY similar to the ones in the movie, so we had hours of fun. After a while, I had Roddy’s voice down so good, my friends used to joked that ‘The soul of Rowdy Roddy Piper would somehow take over my body when we did the “PUT EM ONNN” scream.” LoL, I don’t know if I can do it anymore, but given a bit of practice, I’m sure I can belt out a faithful “PUT EM ONNN” or two!! I just don’t want to scare the neighbors! HAHAHAHAHA

Man, I need to find that movie on DVD and watch it again. Too bad they don’t have a 3D version on DVD somewhere… :o(…

101. Brett Campbell - April 19, 2009

100 – LOL!

How about if the fight scene had been between Roddy Piper and Roddy McDowall? That would have great!

102. CarlG - April 19, 2009

So which would win, Kirk-Fu, or Chuck Norris’ roundhouse kick of DOOM?

I love this article. :)

103. Shatner_Fan_Prime - April 19, 2009

#102 … How many green chicks did you ever see on Chuck’s arm? That should settle that…

104. Kyle Cawley - April 19, 2009

I love TOS SO MUCH – amazing article. Kirk is the best, and the fight scenes were so good (albeit hilarious). One of my favorites has always been the massive brawl in The Trouble With the Tribbles, it just seems to go on forever, with people constantly flying off tables into each other. So good.

105. Iowagirl - April 19, 2009

Kirk-Shat-Fu rules! Love it!
Thanks for the article.

I am NOT surprised…:)

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107. Katie G. - April 20, 2009

Re: #23. Mr. X

“Kirk Fu is one of the reasons why I think TV TOS should be completely forgotten…”

Granted there are awkward AND/OR cheesy moments in TOS but you cannot throw the whole series out just because of that. You would miss SO MUCH!! Where would each one of us be if we were judged for our faux pas’s? Pas… You know what I mean.

You may, of course, do as you wish. Just leave us geeks to enjoy each other’s company. We’ll make a toast to you every time Captain Kirk embarrasses himself.

Okay, now where’s that green stuff? Gotta get ready to toast…


108. Katie G. - April 20, 2009

Sorry, forgot.

Kayla – – excellent article!! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the chuckles.


109. Kirk's Girdle - April 20, 2009

I like the springboard flying dropkick he uses on Mirror-Spock where he flies over the sickbay bed like a pommel horse.

It may be one of the last great Kirk moves, but I love when Kirk uses a 1-2-3 combo on David but luckily stops on the 3 before punching him in the face. He chopped that kid down like a skinny tree.

I’ve always been a fan of the human projectile.

110. Chris J - April 20, 2009

Ahh my beloved “dropkirk” :D

111. frederick - April 20, 2009

The fight in “”They Live” always reminded me of the one between Kirk and finnegan in “Shore Leave,” which just goes on and one until neither one can stand.

112. Andy Patterson - April 20, 2009

Yes,…..good article.

113. Kirk's Girdle - April 20, 2009

I remember Carpenter talking about that fight being the most important, pivotal scene in the film. “It’s like they’re friends, and they don’t want to fight… but they HAVE to fight.” Having watched Carpenter rise to an almost legitimate status in the early 80s culminating with The Thing and Starman, They Live signalled his fall back into B-movie royalty.

114. Brett Campbell - April 20, 2009

Shatner’s Kirk against Robert Conrad’s James West — now that would have been one helluva fight!!

115. The Original Spock's Brain - April 20, 2009

Kirk-Fu was silly, and fun on the show, we don’t need it in the new movie.

116. Kirk's Girdle - April 20, 2009

Re: 114. That’s actually James T. West.

117. Andy Patterson - April 20, 2009

114, 116

Funny that you mention that. I mentioned that I used the drop kick on a kid after being jumped on the way home from 4th grade. I remember thinking as I went in the air if I was doing the James West drop kick or the Kirk drop kick. I actually think I decided mid air that I’d go with the Jim Kirk one. It worked, he was stunned I fought back, and he left me alone after that.

And silly or not little nods to the fans sure are sweet. No musical cues, no Kirk Fu….sigh.

118. Shatner_Fan_Prime - April 20, 2009

#115 … You might say so, but none of the fights in ST09 stand out in my mind the way TOS Kirk’s classic battles do. Lucas & Spielberg action movies always have great hand to hand too. In ST09, the fights flash by in brief, quick cuts that leave you wanting more. In JJ’s sequel, I’d love to see a gritty TOS-style fight where you feel every punch!

119. Brett Campbell - April 20, 2009

116 – Was it James T. also?! I never knew that. That’s hilarious! Thanks!

120. Brett Campbell - April 20, 2009

117 – West did the drop kick too? I hadn’t remembered that. I just remembered weekly interminable fight scenes on “Wild, Wild West.”

And I agree with you on your comment to #115.

121. Andy Patterson - April 20, 2009


Well Conrad was a little more compact than Shatner so he could get in closer to his opponent. He did the running to the foe move but as I recall he did his a lot just standing in place and would land back on his feet. Like an idiot I would practice both kinds against the wall sometimes as a kid

I know Abrams is a fan now and all that….but sure would be sweet if he could bring some of the perspective to it as a fan before. The same kind of enthusiasm from that era, for that era, that Ben Stiller seems to bring to all his projects. I’m surprised he doesn’t visit this site from time to time.

122. Kirk's Girdle - April 20, 2009

It’s amazing that West could dropkick anyone in that formfitting ensemble.

123. Andy Patterson - April 20, 2009


True…and there were’nt even any outtakes on the DVDs

124. frederick - April 20, 2009

I’d love to see a WWW/TOS crossover comic or something! Altho the writing on WWW was really dumb, it would have been neat to see Kirk and West cross each other’s purposes and fight until they got on the same side.

125. Raymond A Cruz - April 20, 2009

Everybody seems to forgetting the most popular kirk fu move. The Cap Kirk roll. It’s a Tomoe Naga Judo throw that he does in Charlie X i believe. That episode shows Kirk training Judo.

126. Brett Campbell - April 20, 2009

I know how we could start the fight between Kirk and James West — if anyone can remember an old battery commercial that Robert Conrad did years ago — in the ’70’s, I think.

He puts a battery on his shoulder and challenges the viewer: “I dare you to knock it off!”

Kirk would be the man who would dare to knock it off.

By the way, Kirk would win the fight, and West would promise to feed his family Promise margarine. ;-)

127. Christine - April 20, 2009

LOL, we love Kirk, despite the fact that some of his fight scenes were less than impressive by today’s standards. xDDD


128. ENGON - April 20, 2009

I would bet that the lenghty “Shore Leave” fight between Kirk and the very Irish Finnegan was some kind homage to the lengthy fight across the Irish landscape between John Wayne and Victor McLaglen in 1952’s “The Quiet Man.”

129. Kirk's Girdle - April 21, 2009

Except Kirk and Finnegan never ended up drinking together at the end.

130. Notbob - April 21, 2009

I noticed there was no flip over his shoulder.

But I also noticed there are some shows where you can clearly see the stunt man take over. The stuntmen often look nothing like Shatner.

But my favorite is the killer laugh that Bones used. If you go bakc to the episode where Jack the Ripper alien thing takes over Scotty….I think the title was Wold in the Fold….if you watch at the end when Kirk does his classic over the shoulder back flip, watch Bones. He’s sittting there with arms folded, laughing. I noticed it on a screencaps section, when looking for pictures for drawing.

131. cyprustrekkie - April 22, 2009

throw your shoe at the opponent move deserves some mention i think

132. The Great Geek Manual » Geek Media Round-Up: April 22, 2009 - April 22, 2009

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133. Star Trek Wars not Star Wars Trek - April 22, 2009

This is missing my favorite move which I always referred to as the “Star Trek Takedown” or “the Shat.” You punch the opponent in the gut, and when they bow over, you bring both fists down onto their back. Someone up there referred to it as the “Double-ax handle.”

134. DGill - April 22, 2009


The trick of course is to be strong enough to make those hits (including the finishing move) count. With my physique, I could not pull it off. :(

135. Neville A. Ross - November 8, 2009

Too bad there’s no chance of seeing the game CBS Sci-Fi vs. Capcom-the we could all play Captain Kirk vs. anybody from Capcom, including Ryu.

136. dwnicolo - January 6, 2010

Kirk Fu rocks!

137. captain_neill - January 6, 2010

Kirk Fu is the coolest fighting ever, if Pine had used it in the new movie, his alternate universe Kirk might have won more fights.

138. Joseph Perkins - May 30, 2011

Ok thats it i’m making a real righting art out of Kirk Fu

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